Side Dishes

Bacon Ranch Potatoes

I don’t know whether to classify this comfort food recipe as a casserole or side dish. It’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own. Think potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. Consider it whatever you like. It will be darn good no matter what!

Bacon Ranch Potatoes - Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

The extra prep work required is well worth it. The potatoes are fully cooked on the stove before you put them in the oven. This way you’ll know they’ll be soft and tender. No crunchy potatoes allowed.

Bacon Ranch Potatoes - Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

I also cooked the bacon and onion together on the stove and had to hold myself back from eating it right out of the pan. I often use bacon and onion together in recipes. It’s the start of how I make my very favourite frittata recipe.

Bacon Ranch Potatoes - Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

If you aren’t fond of ranch dressing, feel free to switch out for another kind. Same goes for the Swiss cheese. Mozzarella would work nicely here too.

Bacon Ranch Potatoes - Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

Yield: 6

Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

Ingredients:

  • 5 potatoes, washed, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1 375g package of bacon, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Boil potatoes for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, add bacon and onion to a hot skillet over medium heat. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until bacon is cooked and onions are softened and starting to caramelize. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to 325F. Spray a 1.8L (about 2 quarts) casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Spread potatoes in the casserole dish to cover the bottom. Top evenly with onion and bacon mixture. Pour ranch dressing evenly over top and then sprinkle with Swiss cheese.
  • Bake for about 22 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve hot.

I used a Corningware 1.8L oval casserole dish. If you don’t have one, use a similar size dish – about 2 quarts. It won’t matter if it’s not exact.

Bacon Ranch Potatoes - Soft, tender potatoes smothered in ranch sauce and loaded up with crispy bacon, caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese. This comfort food recipe is a keeper!

Casseroles aren’t the easiest to photograph, but I hope I could convey to you just how yummy this recipe is. It will be making regular appearances on my family’s meal plan. Everyone devoured the last batch in one sitting. Sadly, there were no leftovers.

For more potato recipes, check out my Bacon and Potato Quiche, Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Easy Cheesy Potatoes and Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

I’d love to hear whether you’d serve this recipe as a side dish or a meal on its own!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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